December 16, 2012

Porsche Motorsport introduces new 911 GT3 Cup

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most successful race car in the world. Since 1998, a total of 2,395 units of the near-standard vehicle for customer sport were produced. The new edition of the 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsports version of the future 911 GT3 street legal model.
It is the first race car that is based on the seventh generation 911 - the sports car icon from Zuffenhausen.

The 911 GT3 Cup will be run in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013. Following this premiere, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East will be the first international race series to feature the new edition next year.

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-litre six-cylinder flat engine. It generates 460 hp at 7,500 revs, surpassing its predecessor by 10 hp. A six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport transmits the power to the rear axle. For the first time ever in a Porsche brand trophy race car, the gear box is operated via shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The single piece race wheels with centre mount were also newly designed by Porsche Motorsport. The width of the Michelin race slicks was increased by 2 cm to 27 cm at the front, and by 10 mm at the rear axle now measuring 31 cm.

A newly developed race braking system further improves the excellent endurance qualities compared to its successful predecessor. The 380 mm slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by six-piston aluminium fixed callipers. The rear axle features a four-piston version.

During the development of the new car, a particular focus was put on the driver's safety. A newly designed safety cage enhances the protection of the pilot even more in dangerous situations. Physical safety is further increased by the development of a new race seat. It is distinctively shaped around the head and shoulders and can be adjusted individually with the help of padding. A rescue hatch in the roof provides easy access for primary medical attention and for the extrication of the driver.

Like its predecessor the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is produced in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen on the same assembly line as the road legal models. At the Motorsport Centre in Weissach, it receives a special set-up for the circuit and is tested by a professional race driver before delivery to customers.

The basic retail price for the vehicle, exclusively available to drivers of a Porsche racing series and in white exterior colour only, is 181,200 euros plus country-specific import duty and taxes.

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